Argyle Theater in Babylon launches the world premiere of “Punk Rock Girl!”

If you like listening to P!nk, Pat Benetar, Blondie and Avril Lavigne, “Punk Rock Girl!” will have you dancing in your seat.

The one and only place to see this brand new musical is at the Argyle Theater in Babylon Village, said co-owner and managing partner Dylan Perlman.

“It’s really interesting and unique to have a world premiere,” Perlman said. “We usually do well-known and established musicals, and premiering an original production that’s being made for the first time is exciting.”

The show kicked off on January 20 and will run until the end of the month, with the last show on February 27.

The story follows 16-year-old Angela Quivers, a perfectionist who doesn’t take risks and feels like she doesn’t belong until she meets another teenage girl, Proxi, who introduces her. into the world of grungy punk rock.

“It’s for people of all ages, we were asked if it’s appropriate for kids – 100%,” Perlman said. “It was actually developed to be produced in high schools and schools across the country – it really is a great show.”

The local theater produced “Punk Rock Girl!” with a book and arrangements by Tony-nominated Long Island composer Joe Iconis (also known for the musical “Be More Chill”).

The musical is directed and choreographed by Jennifer Werner (Worldwide Associate for the “Book of Mormon”) and co-arrangements and orchestrations are by Rob Rokicki (“The Lightning Thief”)

Perlman said this production is in partnership with Michael Barra of Lively McCabe Entertainment, who first approached Perlman and his team in January 2020 about the show.

“They had been writing the musical for probably a year or two before they put together that first premiere,” he said. “We spoke at length with the creatives who wrote it and said it made a lot of sense, it’s based on all that famous music made popular by female rockers of the last 30 or 40 years.”

Perlman described the first night of “Punk Rock Girl!” as simply “electric” and says it feels like a rock concert.

“I can finally be a bit of a fan and really enjoy it,” Perlman said of his experience on opening night. “The cast is super talented, the music is obviously amazing, and it’s not just that the songs are these popular, awesome songs, it’s the way they’ve been arranged and made into this story.”

Ticket prices range between $48 and $77 and can be purchased at the Argyle Theater box office or online.

Perlman added that the theater industry is still recovering from the “damage” caused by COVID-19.

Being able to put on a show, especially one like this, takes a lot of teamwork and effort, but he stressed that theater is still going strong.

“It’s incredibly empowering to know that really, really awesome, gifted creators in the industry are coming together to create an original musical here in Babylon,” Perlman said.

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Top photo: Argyle Theater by Richard Termine

Diana J. Carleton